Best in ag business heading to Food Futures

ONE NOT TO MISS: The Food Futures 2018 conference has been moved to July this year, with 45 speakers already confirmed.
ONE NOT TO MISS: The Food Futures 2018 conference has been moved to July this year, with 45 speakers already confirmed. Shane Eecen

REGISTRATIONS are now open for the third Northern Australia Food Futures Conference to be held in Darwin in July.

This year's conference has moved back in the calendar a couple of months from the highly successful 2016 April date.

And if the line-up of speakers is anything to go by, the date shift has been a hugely popular move.

Forty-five speakers have been confirmed for the July 2-4 agricultural showpiece, including the Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan, NT Primary Industry Minister Ken Vowles and Senator Anne Ruston, the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, who will headline to political speakers at the event.

However, this year conference-goers will get the opportunity to hear from some of the heavy hitters from all facets of agribusiness for all areas from right across the north of the country.

To name just a few, industry speakers will include people such as Jim Trandos.

Mr Trandos is the managing director of Trandos Farms, which was founded in 1939. He is a former National Vegetable Grower of the Year, a previous advisor to Landmark Ltd and former board member of Ausveg.

Trandos Farms has four locations and is the largest fresh market grower of sweet corn and beans in Western Australia.

With the Territory identified as a suitable place for - and continuing to dabble in - cotton growing, there is sure to be interest in hearing from Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay.

Grain growing will also be front and centre at the 2018 conference, with John Woods from the Grains Research and Development Corporation set to step onto the podium and impart some of his wealth of knowledge to attendees.

And with this year's conference theme of Science and Technology for Development, the conference could not be complete without hearing from John Lloyd, the CEO of Hort Innovation.

As the organisation's blurb on its website states: "Hort Innovation's primary function is creating value for horticulture growers and those across the horticulture supply chain.

"Through investment in R&D and marketing, Hort Innovation works to improve productivity, farm gate profitability and global competitiveness of Australian horticultural industries.

"Hort Innovation is the link between the needs of industry, the capabilities of science, and the potential of marketing.”

Those are just a taste of the line-up that is listed for this year's conference.

Before the main course takes place in July however, the Food Futures will continue its rolling roadshow this month with a session at Kununurra on Wednesday, March 28. Along with others, those attending will hear from a number of successful Ord farmers such as Matt Gray, Kaylen Dessert, Rob Boshammer and Jim Engelke.

And for those who cannot make it to Darwin in July there will also be the chance to hear from John Woods from the Grains Research and Development Corporation at the roadshow event.

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